In teen drug treatment, it was important for me to address all of the ways I endangered myself in my addiction. I slept with people I didn’t want to. I drove intoxicated, or rode in the car with people who were under the influence. I put myself in dangerous situations. Being loaded left me vulnerable to people that could hurt me or take advantage of me. I damaged my body and my self worth.
Part of my recovery process has been to learn to value myself. By respecting myself, I surround myself with people that respect me. When I am going to do anything, I think through the possible consequences, good and bad. I listen to other people’s experiences and advice. I think about how my actions affect myself and other people. Today, my life isn’t about trying to find things outside of myself to feel better. It’s about being a healthier person who respects herself. I have choices today. Drugs and alcohol do not govern my behaviors. When I do something today, it’s because I chose it. My life is the way it is today because I made the choice to begin the recovery process and give myself a second chance.